When we called the car rental company this morningto check, the representative said they wouldn’t have a car for us until after 4 pm.
We took off in the smaller car—not very comfortable for Bob—for a location two hours south and 10 degrees warmer (55 rather than 45 degrees).
Our first stop was the Owl Bar and Cafe in the tiny town of San Antonio, NM, for their famous chili cheeseburger—always good, and always messy!
Our main destination was Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, a 57,000 acre refuge established in 1939 to provide a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife and to develop wintering grounds for sandhill cranes. We have been here twice before and both times saw large flocks of pelicans and a wide variety of other waterfowl and other birds. This time, however, our timing must have been off; we saw lots of ducks, two great blue herons, and a three red tailed hawks. Still, it was a beautiful place to spend a day.
When we got back to SAF, a car was waiting for us. After trading vehicles, we returned to our hotel. There we had supper, a stuffed poblano pepper for me and blue corn enchiladas for Bob, after which we lighted a lovely pinion pine fire. I wish I could bottle up that scent, such a nice way to go to sleep!